GET TO KNOW YOUR GLOBAL NEIGHBORS
aLBANIA- mATEO hODO
Mateo Hodo moved to Portland Maine as a teenager from his home country in Albania. He is the owner of “Coffee Me Up” and a community leader.
Venezuela- Lynn Kabche
As an immigrant in Maine, Lynn sees the beautiful qualities of Maine, her home country, and her parents’ home countries.
Argentina- Sofia Alidino
Sofia loves to share more about her culture with people in Maine. Raising her family here has been a dream come true to explore the ocean and the woods.
Rwanda- Justin Nizeyumukiza
Justin Nizeyumukiza misses his home country of Rwanda- especially the friendly hugs. He leads Talent Acquistion at Portland Public Schools.
Burundi- Albert Rwabira
Albert has experience as a safari tour guide and professional soccer player, and now is a passionate skier in Maine.
Bulgaria- Stela Makrova
Stela has rich experience in her home country incorportating science and math in her work and now serves at the YMCA of Southern Maine.
Spain- Julia Trujillo LueNgo
Julia Trujillo leads the Office of Economic Opportunity within the City of Portland. Born in Spain, Julia’s story highlights her unique journey to Maine.
Azerbaijan- Tarlan Ahmadov
Tarlan leads the refugee program for the State of Maine with Catholic Charities and is a proud champion of protecting democracy and freedom.
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